Putin DID reach out to Israel early on , he was one of the few Russian leaders to visit that nation . Israel unfortunately rebuffed any meaningful ties with that nation BECAUSE OF interference and political pressure from the United States , they would have found a more stable and supportive ally with Russia for the long term . Now they are on their own as the US has abandoned them ( once again ) . Russia needs Syria for her ports , much like we have need of Saudi Arabia for other reasons . Lets not forget that we supported Saddam Hussein for quite a long time . Like Putin or hate him , he is a smart man , and unlike our leaders , is looking out for the best interests of his country , like any good leader of any nation should . Just Sayin .